If you’re a Star Wars fan, you may have felt a recent disturbance in the Force. Don’t be alarmed, though—it’s just the upcoming (March 22) release of a new tabletop game from Fantasy Flight Games, and it’s set against the backdrop of the titanic struggle between the heroic Jedi and the villainous Sith Lords. This is not the publisher’s first foray into the Star Wars franchise, of course. In fact, FFG already offers a dizzying array of games set in a galaxy far, far away. Are you looking for intense, adrenaline-pumping dogfights between squadrons of elite fighter pilots? Then you’ll want to try the X-Wing Miniatures Game. Prefer a grand-scale strategic clash between fleets of colossal ships? Star Wars: Armada has you covered. In the market for a mission-based game that plays like a sci-fi dungeon-crawler? That’ll be Star Wars: Imperial Assault. Then there’s the collectible dice game, the four-hour galaxy-spanning epic, and the three … [Read more...] about Do we really need another Star Wars wargame? Yes, and this is it
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Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Star Wars: Rebels episode "Twin Suns." From a certain point of view, Obi-Wan Kenobi sits at the very center of the entire Star Wars saga. Dead or alive, Kenobi is the only human character who shows his face in every episode of the original and prequel trilogies. His inability to prevent the rise of the Empire, or the creation of Darth Vader, is the core story of Episodes I-III. Kenobi's nurturing of Luke — and lying to the kid about his dad — sets in motion the core story of Episodes IV-VI. The core mystery of how he turned into a Force ghost when he lost his duel with Darth Vader in Star Wars lasted six whole movies. SEE ALSO: Mark Hamill shared 'perhaps the very first' photo of Luke Skywalker and it's a real nostalgia trip Whenever the Jedi Master shows up in Star Wars canon, it's a big deal. Especially when we finally get to see him on Tatooine, roughly disguised as the crazy old wizard Ben Kenobi who … [Read more...] about Obi-Wan Kenobi is back. Here’s what it means for the Star Wars saga.
After the success of "The Force Awakens" and "Rogue One," it's hard to imagine "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" would become one of the most divisive films in the franchise. Yet, here we are. The film has been in theaters for barely than a week and there's already a Change.org petition asking Disney remove it from the official Star Wars canon and "re-make Episode VIII properly." now defunct Star Wars Expanded Universe (EU). Remember that time Luke fell in love with a dead woman? In the novel "Children of the Jedi," Luke gets trapped on an Imperial Dreadnaught, where the spirit of a long-dead Jedi living in the ship's computer helps him open doors and hide from his attackers. Luke falls in love with the possessed spaceship computer and eventually starts dating her after she transfers her consciousness into the body of one of Skywalker's dying students. How about when Emperor Palpatine cloned himself dozens of times? Luke's girlfriend isn't the only Jedi who made a habit of leaping from body … [Read more...] about Hate ‘Last Jedi?’ The Star Wars Expanded Universe is worse
Luke Skywalker may not be the villain of the original Star Wars trilogy, but he certainly kills like one. A new fan supercut, uploaded by YouTube user Mr Sunday Movies, shows just how many people (and creatures, droids, etc.) Luke took out while saving the galaxy from the clutches from the dark side. By this video’s count, the farm boy-turned-Jedi Master is responsible for a death toll of 369,470.In the supercut, Luke starts out slow, racking up kills at a relatively modest rate (at least compared to later). All that changes when he destroys the Death Star, however. In an instant, his total jumps from 13 to a whopping 368,904. Battling AT-AT walkers leads to substantial jumps as well, with the creator of the video estimating that each holds 40.The destruction of Jabba the Hutt’s palace, of course, is responsible for another spike. When Luke saves Leia and his friends, he wrecks havoc on the alien’s lair. By the time the place goes up in a … [Read more...] about Fan supercut shows just how deadly Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker really is
The first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story debuted this week, and it’s a bit of an understatement to say that it packed a lot of action — and posed some pretty big questions — in two minutes of footage.From the host of new characters introduced in the trailer to the cornucopia of call-backs to the original trilogy, there’s a lot to like about our first look at Rogue One. There’s also a good chance that amid all the action going on in the trailer, you might have missed something important, or at the very least, something that makes a great trailer even better.Here are some of the things you’ll want to keep on your radar while watching — or in this case, re-watching — the Rogue One trailer.Your new favorite rebelOscar-nominated actress Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) joins the Star Wars universe in Rogue One, and if you missed her name in the trailer, not to worry — you’ll probably … [Read more...] about From Jyn to Vader, 4 things you should know about the Rogue One trailer
Since its inception in 1970, Comic-Con International: San Diego has been a massive gathering for comic, movie, and sci-fi fans. But lately, it seems to have morphed into an event that garners a large following on the TV drama side as well.Data from digital marketing company Amobee Brand Intelligence reveals that the most-talked-about topics from Comic-Con actually had nothing to do with some of the biggest comic book franchises, like Marvel and DC, but rather a TV drama with a massive following: Game of Thrones.In terms of digital consumption – i.e. the measure of how often someone actually sees a term across 600,000 digital publisher sites and several thousand mobile publishers/apps – during the time the show took place from July 8-12, 2015, 13% of all digital content consumed online related to Game of Thrones.Related: Comic-Con trailers: Suicide Squad, Deadpool, Ash Vs. Evil Dead, and more previews from SDCC The long-running hits did still bring the attention: the … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones dominates Comic-Con, which is less about comics, more about TV these days
Didn’t think you’d see Darth Vader in the new round of Star Wars movies? He finds your lack of faith disturbing.While everyone’s favorite darksider probably won’t appear in the new trilogy (with him being dead and all), he will reportedly make an appearance in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, an intriguing prequel of sorts that follows a motley crew of rebels that steal the plans for the Death Star.Essentially, you’re talking about a heist film set in the Star Wars universe, which sounds, well … awesome!The story is set to take place just before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and there have been whispers that it may also include a young Princess Leia, who could, possibly, be played by Carrie Fisher’s daughter (!). Both rumors are unsubstantiated, but hey, we can dream can’t we?Vader is not expected to play a large role in the film, and probably won’t be the central villain but consider whatever scene(s) he … [Read more...] about Darth days ahead: Vader to appear in Star Wars spinoff
With the critical and financial failure of Watchmen this weekend, director Zack Snyder joins the (sadly) growing ranks of a particularly ignominious fraternity: The Traitors to Geek Cinema. As geeks we are quite used to the notion that Hollywood doesn't "get" us, and is thus ready, willing, and able to stuff reams of idiotic sci-fi tropes down our throats. But every now and then, a filmmaker or TV producer will rise above the mindless fray of Tinseltown and give us geek cinema worthy of adoration. We fall for these creators, hoping beyond hope that they can give us a steady stream of great geek cinema for years to come.And then they betray us, either by failing to deliver greatness that nonetheless succeeds financially, or by giving us geek-beloved works that fail financially. Either outcome convinces Hollywood that geeks are not an audience worth seriously, respectfully courting. These traitors poison the well, making it that much harder for worthy geek films to get made by the great … [Read more...] about Poll: Who is the greatest traitor to geek cinema?
Dashboard-mounted navigation systems from Garmin and TomTom seem to mostly be marketed to middle-aged suburbanites. Commercials extolling how easy it is to run errands when using a nav system do little to excite the geek in most anybody. Nav systems are great (I can barely find the end of my street without mine), but personalization options failed to make dash-mounted nav systems a true geek tech toy. I even cracked one open a few years ago, and I still didn't feel like it was very geeky (though running it over with the car was loads of fun).Makers and marketers of navigation units have finally realized that geeks like to be entertained and that even the most useful item can be a fun toy to our ilk. Let the "our unit is more geeky-cool than your unit" battle begin!First, Garmin came out with a Yeti voice. While this was intended more as a winter-themed item, geeks really like the Yeti because it makes us think of World of Warcraft. Still, that only gets about 1.5 out of five geek … [Read more...] about Driving directions courtesy of Darth Vader, C-3PO, and Yoda